Article Dec 23, 2016

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Jennifer Lawrence sorry for joking about sacred Hawaiian rocks

Jennifer Lawrence has issued a public apology after joking about scratching her butt on sacred rocks while filming in Hawaii.

The actress appeared on Britain's The Graham Norton Show with her Passengers co-star Chris Pratt last week (02Dec16), and laughed as she recounted a story about almost killing a crewmember on the set of 2012's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which filmed on location in Hawaii.

Jennifer revealed she had accidentally loosened a sacred rock by rubbing her backside against it to calm an itch, and it ended up rolling down a hill.

She continued, "All the Hawaiians were like, 'Oh my God, it's the curse!' And I was sitting in the corner like, 'Haha! I'm your curse! I wedged it loose with my a**!'"

In Hawaii, removing black sand or lava rocks is thought to cause bad luck under what is known locally as "Pele's curse". The removal of rocks as souvenirs is also considered taboo.

Social media users only began to take note of Jennifer's anecdote this week (begs05Dec16), sparking a backlash among natives of the islands, who demanded she apologize.

And on Friday (09Dec16), the Oscar winner took to to express her sorrow at her TV tale.

"I meant absolutely no disrespect to the Hawaiian people," the 26-year-old wrote in a note to fans. "I really thought that I was being self-deprecating about the fact that I was 'the curse,' but I understand the way it was perceived was not funny and I apologize if I offended anyone."